Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at CWU about recent events impacting students
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Washington’s Attorney General is speaking to students at Central Washington University about recent events impacting young adults.
Central Washington University welcomed Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson who spoke on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the lawsuit he filed against Trump’s temporary travel ban.
Ferguson said they have filed a number of lawsuits to help protect people’s rights.
One of those lawsuits includes the litigation against the federal government to protect Dreamers status to stay in this country while congress makes a decision on whether to pass the Dream Act.
Fergusons lawsuit allows DACA recipients to keep renewing their permits until a final decision is made.
“Our lawsuit was successful at the trial court so that has put a stop to the president’s decision to try and rule back protection for Dreamers," said Ferguson.
The Dream Act protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from getting deported.
Initially, congress was supposed to make a decision on the Dream Act on March 5th, but they failed to do so.
Students at CWU say something needs to be done because DACA recipients are living with uncertainty about their future.
“It’s a disappointment, we’ve been pressuring congress to take action and they have just been stalling," said student Giovanni Severino.
“Nothing is really changing and something has to happen in order to make the students feel safe here," said student Daisy Hernandez.
Ferguson says they are trying to make sure people are being protected and the president follows the law, but in the end congress has the last word on what will happen with the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
“Those members of congress need to take a vote to protect dreamers and I hope they do that soon. The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Dreamers and protecting their status here in the United States so I hope congress acts soon," said Ferguson.
Ferguson also spoke about his successful lawsuit blocking President Trump’s first executive order barring travel from seven Muslim majority nations.
To get more information on the executive order lawsuit click here.